Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


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Way News

Dear Way Families,

Today was a day filled with empathy at Way as our fourth-grade students took part in the Disabilities Awareness Workshop. The workshop is designed for students to learn how individuals with a disability are affected on a daily basis by their challenges and differences. Many thanks to all the amazing volunteers who helped to make the day a success, especially Mrs. Bielecki and Mrs. Kopmeyer who chaired this wonderful PTO event.

It's that time of year when sickness starts creeping into school. Please remember that children are to be both symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Your adherence to this policy will help to keep us healthy.

We only have two full days of school next week as students are off on Wednesday, November 21 and classes resume on Monday, November 26 to commemorate Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Adam Scher, Principal

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2018 Child's Holiday Wish Program

We have joined the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club to make sure every child has a happy holiday!

 You and your family can be the difference in a child's life this season by being part of our annual Holiday Wish program!

  Your donation may be the only gift they receive this year!

How you can help:

 Choose a Child's Holiday Wish

1.   Go into our school to choose a star for a child's Holiday Wish
 Located on the Holiday Wish Board in front of the office, there will be 110 children's Holiday Wishes at the school to be fulfilled.

2. Choose a child's Holiday Wish online

There will be 15 children's Holiday Wishes online to be fulfilled.

*** After you choose a name all you need to do is go shopping. Please spend no more than $40 per child so gifts are fair between family members. If you would like to spend more, please consider choosing a second name. Wrap your gift(s) and attach the star or clearly label the package with the child's name and number. Please return to the office no later than DECEMBER 3rd***

Have a Volunteer do the Shopping for You!

$40 helps one child and $100 helps a family.

  Send a donation to the office or make one online. To pay by check, please make payable to "Bloomfield Optimist Club". 

Whichever way you decide to be part of this program, be it

Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, 

Way Elementary Community Service Committee and especially the children,

we sincerely thank you for your generosity.

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Connecting with your child's teacher, school, and the district

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools (Wednesday Web News & Important Notices - including school cancellations). In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences. If you wish not to receive these newsletters, simply "opt-out" when you receive the first newsletter (an option at the bottom of every email we send).

Instructions for updating this information are now available at Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertains to emergency and district notifications. 

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Make a Difference Day

Bloomfield Hills School District is partnering with FOCUS DETROIT. Focus Detroit currently partners with over 80 schools and organizations, and over 40 churches and businesses to address the needs of kids living in poverty in Metro Detroit. EACH WEEK they deliver 400 food sacks to children and families in poverty.

 CLICK HERE to see Focus Detroit at work.


***DONATE--Bring in donations OCT 15th- 26th Individual boxes/bowls of CEREAL and individual bags of OATMEAL OR FRUIT SNACKS. You can also donate CASH OR CHECK. Please make checks out to Focus Detroit and send in to office.

***VOLUNTEER--Join us on Saturday October 27th at Bloomfield Hills High School from 9:30 am-11:30 am. All ages are welcome as we combine district wide donations to make weekend food sacks. We will also be decorating Thanksgiving cards to send with the sacks. CLICK HERE to register for Make a Difference Day

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Way Picture Day

Picture Day is Thursday, October 4. 

The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at

Picture day ID: LM728129Y0 

Some benefits of online ordering are:

 Earn rewards with every purchase through the MyFamily Rewards™ program.
 More looks & digital products
 You can customize your package
 Free Shutterfly photo book

Please click here to see the flyer for more information

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Way News 9/14/18

Dear Way Families,

As we begin the new school year, Way Elementary will be implementing a new policy regarding provision of food at school celebrations.  Currently, the majority of our classrooms report some form of food allergy restriction. This represents a tipping point for us. Policing food at parties and other celebrations is not only time consuming, but places staff and at-risk students in a potentially dangerous position. With this in mind, the only food brought into the building for celebrations and other day-time events will be orchestrated between the classroom teacher and head-room parent.  For the last several years, Way has adhered to a healthy foods policy and those foods will be stressed for these special occasions.

As has always been the case, you will still be able to make personal food choices for your child's lunch or snack, providing the food doesn't contain the allergen at play in the classroom. All families should have previously been notified about allergy conditions of the classroom.  

Attention to these minor shifts in thinking and behavior should lead to a safer and healthier environment for all.



Adam Scher

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Way students and staff were eager to continue growing a sense of community as they gathered with their PRIDE dens for our first shared experience of the year.  After welcoming our newest students, relationships were strengthened as dens worked together to accomplish various tasks, play cooperative games, smile, laugh, and showcase those PRIDE behaviors!

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses